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Are you in search of a dependable and user-friendly method to finish your New York 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course? Your search ends here with the Defensive Drivers Institute! Our online platform offers a DMV-approved course that meets road test prerequisites, allowing you the freedom to study at your own speed. With straightforward instruction and outstanding customer assistance, we are dedicated to providing you with the information and abilities required to become a responsible and self-assured driver.

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  • Road Test Preparation
  • Parallel parking
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Keep a safe distance

Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and avoid tailgating


Speed Limit

Follow the speed limit and adjust your speed according the road conditions.


Turning Signal Light On

Use your turn signal before changing lane or turning and check your blind spots.


Seat Belt

Wear your seat belt and make sure your passengers do the same


Avoid Distractions

Avoid distractions such as using your phone, eating, drinking the while driving


Drive Sober

Drive sober and drug-free and avoid driving when you are tired or drowsy


Practice defensive driving

Practice defensive driving by being alert, cautiou and courteous


Know traffic laws

Know the local traffic laws and signs and follow them accordingly


Frequently Asked Questions

The New York 5-Hour Online Pre-Licensing Course is an internet-based program designed to instruct new drivers on safe driving practices and adherence to New York's Vehicle and Traffic Law. If you're aiming to obtain a New York driver's license, it is mandatory to successfully finish this 5-hour course, either through online or in-person options, prior to booking your behind-the-wheel road test appointment.

The New York Online Pre-Licensing Program is designed for individuals aged 18 and above who are in the process of obtaining a New York driver's license. To enroll in this program, students are required to possess a photo learner's permit. You will receive your photo permit by mail approximately two weeks after the NYSDMV issues your temporary permit. It's important to note that, at present, the NYSDMV does not permit new drivers who are pursuing a junior driver license (Class DJ) or junior motorcycle license (Class MJ) to take the pre-licensing course online. Instead, these new drivers must complete a 5-hour classroom course.

Indeed, prior to commencing the online 5-hour course, the NYSDMV mandates that you demonstrate possession of a valid New York learner's permit that features your photograph. If you hold a temporary learner's permit lacking a photo, you must delay your training until you obtain a learner's permit with a photo. The NYSDMV issues temporary learner permits immediately to drivers once they successfully pass the written permit exam at a DMV office. Subsequently, after acquiring your temporary permit, it typically takes around two weeks for your photo permit to be sent to you via mail.

The 5-hour course imparts essential knowledge to new drivers, covering topics such as road regulations, defensive driving strategies, and additional subjects including:

New York vehicle and traffic laws

Habits and skills for safe driving

Risks of driving under the influence

How to drive safely on the highway Aggressive driving and road rage

Upon completion of the course, you'll know more about the responsibilities of safe drivers and a wide range of factors that can affect your driving.

Certainly. The course employs personal security inquiries and methods to ensure that only the registered individual takes part in the program. This identity verification feature enables you to complete your training at your convenience over multiple sessions. In accordance with DMV guidelines, you have a maximum of three attempts to successfully pass each security checkpoint. If you do not pass a checkpoint, access to the course will be restricted, necessitating re-registration. In such a situation, please get in touch with our office for assistance.

At the onset of the course, you will need to respond to a set of multiple-choice security queries. These personalized questions serve as a means to confirm your identity as you progress through your training. During each security checkpoint, one of the questions you've previously addressed will be presented on your screen. You'll have a 45-second window to choose the correct response and validate your identity. If you are unable to answer a security question correctly for three consecutive attempts, you will be temporarily barred from accessing the course and will need to go through the registration process once again.

The New York 5-Hour Online Pre-Licensing Course comprises nine quizzes, with no final examination. After completing each of the nine learning modules, there is a short quiz, and you must achieve a score of 70% or greater to proceed to the next segment. You are allowed a maximum of three tries for each quiz. If you are unable to pass a quiz after three attempts, access to the course will be temporarily restricted, and you'll need to go through the registration process once again.

No, individuals who successfully complete the online 5-hour pre-licensing course are not required to furnish a certificate of completion to the NYSDMV. Once you pass the course, we will send you an email confirming your course completion and automatically forward your completion details to the NYSDMV. It may take between 24 to 48 hours for your course completion to be recorded on your driver record. You must undergo the road test for your initial driver's license within one year of completing the course. When you arrive at a NYSDMV test facility for your road test, you won't need to present an original Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278). However, students who complete the 5-hour pre-licensing course in a physical classroom setting are required to present this document prior to taking their road test.

The New York 5-Hour Online Pre-Licensing Course demands a minimum of five hours for completion. This comprises nine learning modules and no less than 270 minutes of instructional content, exclusive of the quiz segments. You have the flexibility to work through the timed course modules at your own preferred pace and take multiple breaks as needed.

As per NYSDMV regulations, you are required to finish the New York 5-Hour Online Pre-Licensing Course within a 30-calendar day timeframe from the date of your course registration.

You have a maximum of one year to schedule and complete your driver's license road test following the conclusion of the 5-Hour Pre-Licensing course. If you fail to take your road test within the one-year deadline, you will be required to re-enroll in the pre-licensing course and complete it once more.


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